Friday, October 8, 2021

Sovereign of the Seas Galaxy

I've enjoyed this Frank Frazetta fantasy riff on an original pirate illustration by Howard Pyle for about 50 years: 

Pyle's work below:

All those years I imagined riffing on that flying galleon, and have now done so. This is the Airfix 1/168 plastic Sovereign of the Seas. Skipped all the cannons, added cloth sails and antigravity gizmos. Most masts, spars, yards, etc. are local (Ecuador) bamboo skewers and toothpicks in assorted sizes. Acrylic craftstore flat paints, except for gold bits. It has to hang, so I ordered a custom display from which to hang it. Will post photo(s) once I have it.

Bits of the antigravity system confected from the junk box:

La Réale de France

 Heller's 1:75 scale galley. Plastic kit, I replaced the kit sails with cloth ones, and used wooden deck planking and wooden masts in lieu of the kit parts. This dates to around 2000. Bottom pic shows it in our house now.



1/64 scale by Mamoli, my first wooden kit.  Built in 1993 I think, still looks good in this current photo.